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Betty Sue Jennings

March 30, 1950July 29, 2019

Betty Sue Jennings was born March 30, 1950 to the late Dock Russell, Sr., and Annie Wheeler Underwood Russell. The Lord called her home while at Wellstar Atlanta Medical Center on July 29, 2019.

As a youth, Betty was educated in the Talladega, Alabama school system. After high school, she relocated to Atlanta, Georgia and attended Massey Business School where she earned an Associates Degree in Accounting. Betty was employed by Retail Credit and Munford, Inc., but quickly decided to embraced her entrepreneurial spirit. She opened an in-home childcare which she operated successfully over 25 years. She was an adventurer and took the children in her care on many field trips throughout Atlanta, Carowinds Amusement Park in North Carolina and Disney World in Florida. Over the years, Betty has cared for, loved, and mentored many children with whom she remained connected throughout their adult lives. She has also been known as the neighborhood “Candy Lady” for several years.

In 1969, Betty married the absolute love of her life, the late Wilbur Jennings. They shared a wonderful and blessed life together for 37 years until he departed this life in April 2006.

Betty’s relationship with the Lord and her work in the Kingdom of God was what she cherished most. Betty was saved at an early age and was faithful to various churches and ministries over the course of her life. She was an Evangelist, Sunday School Teacher, Choir Director, Youth Leader, Women’s Ministry and served in any other area she could render her gifts and talents. Betty served faithfully under the Pastoral leadership of Apostle Steven Robinson (Christ Apostolic Life Church) in Douglasville, Georgia until her health began to decline.

Betty loved to have fun and stayed on “ready” when it came to a going on a good road trip. During the summer months, you could oftentimes find her at Six Flags just walking around, enjoying the food and the people. Everyone who met her understood that Betty believed in living her best life, and she lived it to the fullest.

To cherish her memories are her son, Wilbur Kyle (Arlissa) Jennings, Jr., her daughter, Robyn (Contrell) Jones; three grandchildren, Jordyn Jennings, Amari Cook and Michael Cook; four brothers, Dock (Catherine) Russell, Walter (Mary) Russell, James Russell and David Russell; seven sisters, Annie Storey, Dorothy Whittsett, Carolyn (Everley) Brown, Deloise (Eddie) Fikes, Linda Faye (Larry) Brantley, Joyce Babbs and Adrienne Underwood; brother-in-law, James Jennings; and sister-in-laws, Mary Grier, Nina (Richard) Ammons, and Gloria Franks. She also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and close friends. Betty was blessed to have many render their time and service to help during her illness. She was especially blessed to have her sisters, Linda Brantley and Deloise Fikes and brother, Dock Russell, as her special daily caretakers.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbur Jennings; parents, Dock & Annie Russell; and sisters, Paulette Russell and Peggy A. Hairston.

Betty will always be remembered as a mover and a shaker. She has touched, encouraged, comforted, and helped so many people while here on earth. In the words of Maya Angelou, “When you see me passing, it ought to make you proud. I say, it's in the click of my heels, the bend of my hair, the palm of my hand, the need for my care. ‘Cause I'm a woman, Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That's me!”


  • Visitation Friday, August 2, 2019
  • Homegoing Services Saturday, August 3, 2019
  • Burial Saturday, August 3, 2019


Betty Sue Jennings

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Wanda Person

August 1, 2019

Phenomenal Woman, a true warrior and fighter. she will always be in mine eyes. I am an extension of her lineage, she's my auntie . I know what she had in her, wisdom, strong willed, smart and beautiful,loving, and kind ways in my eyes, was her makeup
and let's not forget fiesty when the need arise, lastly very humble. Yes she will always be A Phenomenal Woman to me. Rest in arms of our Lord God. I will always love and cherish our memories we shared. You fought a phenomenal fight. Rest in peace my angel until we meet again.

Apostle Darryl Thomas Sr.

August 1, 2019

May Abba Yahuah give you comfort and Shalom in the transitioning of such a wonderful Saint.

Bishop Larry and Overseer Gloria Hudson

August 1, 2019

Our prayers and thoughts goes out to the family during this time of bereavement.

May God continue to strengthen and comfort all.

Yes, we will always remember Evangelist Betty Russell Jennings especially the many times that she have brought the word of God during our August Annual convention at the Neighborhood Outreach Ministry Holiness Church of the Apostolic Faith in Birmingham Alabama. Her Legacy of loving the Lord and being such a great giver in the body of Christ will live on forever. We holds such great memories of Evangelist Betty Jennings, a precious Auntie, you fought a good fight and you kept the faith now go and take your rest the earlier arrival in Glory. RIH, you are now safely in HIS arms. WE LOVE YOU!!!!!

1632 Tuscaloosa Avenue SW
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Bishop Larry Hudson and First Lady Overseer Pastor Gloria Hudson

Councilwoman Dr. LaShun Burr Danley

July 31, 2019

Sis Jennings was indeed a unique, kind, and intelligent woman of God. We sang in the choir together, traveled from church to church going to conferences. She was the absolute perfect youth leader and the best hospitality sister ever. Sis Jennings will be truly missed. The life she lived before me will always be remembered and cherished.
Much love and prayers to the entire family 💕

Amanda Stokes

July 31, 2019

She was such a great, loving, and caring lady to my/her great nephews JaCorey and Jayson. (Sons of Keva and Tracy Russell)

Keva Russell

July 31, 2019

I will always remember the Italian Cream cakes, Red Velvet cakes that you baked, and the name that you called me for the last 23 years, "Keebler". May you rest in peace.

Mercedes Brantley

July 30, 2019

We'll miss you Aunt Betty I have so many memories of you. I'm going to miss all of your pies and cake. Until we meet again.

Love Mercedes